|COLLEGE FOOTBALL PACKAGE: Six-pack of huge games could reshape national title race|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 24 October 2007 08:25|
Six games matching ranked teams will be played this weekend, starting Thursday night when No. 2 Boston College plays at No. 8 Virginia Tech. For the undefeated Eagles, who are also in second-place in the BCS standings, it's their toughest test of the season so far.
No. 1 Ohio State is in a similar situation Saturday night. The unbeaten Buckeyes, on top of the BCS standings, go to No. 24 Penn State.
In the Pac-10, No. 5 Oregon hosts No. 9 Southern California. The Trojans are an underdog against a conference opponent for the first time since 2001.
The other big Pac-10 game matches No. 7 Arizona State against No. 18 California. The unbeaten Sun Devils were fourth in the last BCS standings.
Back East in the Big East, No. 6 West Virginia is at No. 25 Rutgers, and down in the SEC No. 9 Florida and No. 20 Georgia renew their annual rivalry in Jacksonville, Fla.
As for the lowest ranked of the unbeatens, No. 17 Hawaii plays winless New Mexico State.
No. 2 Boston College (plus 3 1/2) at No. 8 Virginia Tech
Hokies are 13-2 in Thursday night ESPN games, only losses to BC ... VIRGINIA TECH 23-20.
No. 1 Ohio State (minus 4) at No. 24 Penn State
Buckeyes have won 18 straight in Big Ten since losing to Lions in '05 ... OHIO STATE 24-13.
No. 9 Southern California (plus 3) at No. 5 Oregon
USC is third in nation in total defense; Ducks second in total offense ... USC 27-24.
No. 6 West Virginia (minus 6) at No. 25 Rutgers
Mountaineers have won 12 straight against Scarlet Knights ... WEST VIRGINIA 38-27.
No. 18 California (plus 3) at No. 7 Arizona State
Golden Bears haven't lost three straight since 2001 ... CAL 28-24.
No. 9 Florida (minus 9) vs. No. 20 Georgia at Jacksonville, Fla.
Gators have won 15 of last 17 meetings ... FLORIDA 30-23.
No. 11 South Florida (minus 4 1/2) at Connecticut
UConn is 0-11 against ranked opponents ... SOUTH FLORIDA 27-17.
Iowa State (plus 28 1/2) at No. 13 Missouri
The Telephone Trophy is on the line; Cyclones claimed it last season ... MISSOURI 55-17.
Mississippi State (plus 13 1/2) at No. 14 Kentucky
Wildcats have won four of last five against Bulldogs ... KENTUCKY 34-17.
No. 15 South Carolina (plus 3) at Tennessee
Steve Spurrier is 8-4 against Phillip Fulmer, but has split last six ... TENNESSEE 26-20.
New Mexico State (plus 27) at No. 16 Hawaii
Colt Brennan has thrown nine INTs in last three games ... HAWAII 59-20.
Nebraska (plus 21) at No. 17 Texas
Huskers have been outscored 122-34 during three-game skid ... TEXAS 35-17.
Minnesota (plus 23 1/2) at No. 19 Michigan
Gophers are last in the nation in total defense (534 ypg) ... MICHIGAN 48-13.
No. 21 Virginia (minus 3) at N.C. State
Cavaliers have won five games by five points or less ... VIRGINIA 28-14.
Mississippi (plus 17 1/2) at No. 23 Auburn
Six of last eight meetings have been decided by fewer than 10 points ... AUBURN 27-13.
Last week's record: 12-5 (straight); 11-6 (vs. points).
Season: 135-30 (straight); 78-68-2 (vs. points).